Union officials say they have raised concerns about payroll mistakes across state agencies for many years, only to hear that the problems were isolated. “It turns out the issues were systemic,” said Patrick Moran, president of AFSCME Maryland Council 3, the largest union representing state workers. “Our members were right, and the bureaucrats were wrong. We expect every person who worked to be paid for every single hour they worked, whether it was yesterday or 20 years ago,” said Moran.
On today's labor calendar, the AFL-CIO Committee on Women Workers and the American Federation of Teachers are hosting a seminar this morning on "Early Learning and Childcare: The Work and the Workers" starting at 9a at the AFL-CIO.
And starting this Friday, the Labor Heritage Foundation's annual Great Labor Arts Exchange brings together labor musicians and artists from across the nation, with a free concert Saturday night honoring LUCI MURPHY. For more info, visit LaborHeritage.org and for the latest local labor calendar, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1918, 86 passengers on a train carrying members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus were killed, and another 127 were injured in a wreck near Hammond, Indiana. Five days later the dead were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois, in an area set aside as Showmen’s Rest, purchased only a few months earlier by the Showmen’s League of America.
In 1922, violence erupted during a coal mine strike at Herrin, Illinois. A total of 36 were killed, 21 of them non-union miners.
Today’s labor quote is by Sam Gompers
"Time is the most valuable thing on earth: time to think, time to act, time to extend our fraternal relations, time to become better men, time to become better women, time to become better and more independent citizens."